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226   Honore Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau  $300 $330 $363 2 You must login to place a bid.

#226 - Honore Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau

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The French leader cautions against greedy booksellers
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Controversial leader of the early stages of the French Revolution (1749–1791). Scarce ALS in French, signed “Mirabeau fils,” one page on two adjoining sheets, 7.25 x 9, November 14, 1780. Letter to Mr. Boucher, who was considering pursuing a career in publishing. In part: “I have nothing to say to your arrangement bookseller if you are perfectly sure of his honesty. But I warn you that if you're not quite sure exactly, this is the most foolproof way to be stolen, because the MM. exaggerate advances as they want…They get to 4000 instead of 2000 and 2000 to sell their count…the author should have half....Infidelity is possible even from an honest man because of stealing under command…I wait three years to get back my money, as is the usual calculation of booksellers?…Well, I do the best; but it's out of this that I necessarily need money for my poor dress…it's nonsense to distract the audience with a first edition without prints....If it does not say that mine will drop all other past, present, and future, I give my work for nothing if your bookseller knew his interests.” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, toning, two small areas of ink erosion where words were struck through, and show-through from writing on opposing sides. Accompanied by an engraved portrait of Mirabeau. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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